Four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Talibanâ€™s takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, and it is unclear why
An Afghan official at the airport in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif said that the would-be passengers were Afghans, many of whom did not have passports or visas, and thus were unable to leave the country. He said they had left the airport while the situation was sorted out.
A top Republican on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee said that the airplanes’ passengers include Americans.
He said the passengers were sitting on the planes, but the Taliban were not letting them take off, effectively â€œholding them hostage.â€